These are the new Virginia laws that go into effect July 1.

RICHMOND, Va. — After another round of sessions by Virginia lawmakers, many new laws and changes to existing laws will go into effect on Friday. Here is an overview of some of them:

Alcohol and Marijuana

HB 426: Creates a third-party delivery license that authorizes the licensee to deliver alcoholic beverages purchased by consumers from other retail licensees.

HB 455: Authorizes the board of directors of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (the board) to issue a mixed drink casino license. The bill provides for the sale and service of alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises in areas designated by the Commission during all hours of operation of the mixed drink casino licensee and authorizes the licensee to give gifts of alcoholic beverages to customers and to establish loyalty or reward. credit programs under certain conditions.

HB 20: Allocates from the general fund an amount equal to 20% of the 20% tax levied on the sale of distilled spirits in Virginia to the Virginia Spirits Promotion Fund.

SB 325: This law increases the amount of alcoholic beverages a person can carry in the Commonwealth from one gallon to three gallons.

SB 527: This bill removes the sunset clause from the authorization to sell alcohol or grain-neutral spirits up to an evidence limit of 151 in ABC stores.

THC Copycat Edibles Ban: A provision in the new state budget prohibits the sale of THC products in packaging designed to resemble protected brands, as well as products apparently suitable for children in the shape of people, animals, vehicles or fruit.


HB 4: Requires principals to report to law enforcement certain enumerated acts that may constitute a misdemeanor and report to the parents of any minor student who is the specific object of such an act that the incident has been reported to law enforcement. Previously, principals were only required to make such reports for acts that may constitute a crime.

HB 525 (Adam’s Law): Establishes mandates in private, not-for-profit higher education institutions and public higher education institutions regarding hazing and defines different types of organizations in those institutions to which the mandates apply. The bill requires each of these institutions to provide each current member, new member, and potential new member of each student organization with new members with hazing prevention training that includes in-depth, current, in-person hazing training. , the dangers of hazing, including intoxication and hazing laws and facility policies and information explaining that the facility’s disciplinary process should not be considered a substitute for the criminal court process and provides that if a student organization with new members has an advisor, that advisor will receive this hazing prevention training.
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HB 829: Allows school boards to meet staff ratio requirements for school trustees in specific circumstances listed in the bill.

HB 1129: Requires each local school board to require its schools to cooperate with the local law enforcement chief when performing required school safety audits.


HB 40: Authorizes that a special disabled veteran license plate issued to a disabled veteran be transferred, upon his death, to his surviving unmarried spouse.

HB 120: Allows resident veterans who have a service-related disability of at least 30% to receive from the Department of Wildlife a lifetime license to hunt and fish in freshwater at no charge or at a reduced cost depending on the rate of veteran’s disability.

HB 358: Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Defense Affairs and the Secretary of Commerce and Commerce, in conjunction with the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, to review the fee waiver associated with permits required to Start a Small Business for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

HB 140: Changes the establishment date that qualifies historic African American cemeteries for funds earmarked for the maintenance of such cemeteries from before January 1, 1900 to before January 1, 1948, and provides that the total number of graves in a eligible cemetery must be the number of African American markers who were buried in such a cemetery before January 1, 1948.
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HB 727: Expands the definition of a qualified organization that may receive funds for the maintenance of a historic African-American cemetery to include any locality whose purpose of applying for funding from the Department of Historic Resources is to maintain an African-American cemetery Neglected Historic United States, or part thereof, that is located within its jurisdictional boundaries.

HB 141: Establishes the Virginia Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Historic Preservation Fund for the purpose of providing grants to eligible state and federally recognized Indian tribes, private nonprofit organizations, and localities for the eligible costs of land acquisition or permanent protection interest.

SB 151: Extends the expiration of the Commission to Study Slavery and De Jure and De Facto Racial and Economic Discrimination against African Americans from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2024. The bill also provides that non-legislative citizen members of the Commission will continue to serve for the duration of the extension.

criminal justice

HB 170: Directs the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to convene a task force to study work release programs for inmates.

HB 397: Changes the compensation formula for those wrongfully incarcerated to equal $55,000 per year of incarceration, adjusted for inflation, changes the amount of compensation that can be paid in the form of lump sum so that it equals 25% of the total indemnity, the remainder to be paid in the form of an annuity for a period of 10 years.

HB 738: Provides that whenever a court orders an assessment of a defendant’s fitness to stand trial, the court clerk must provide a copy of the order to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

HB 258: Directs the Department of Criminal Justice Services, under the direction of the Criminal Justice Services Board, to develop an online course to train hotel owners and their employees, as defined in the Bill, to recognize and to report suspected cases of human trafficking. The bill provides that this online course will be provided free of charge to hotel owners and their employees.

Animals and hunting

SB 87: Prohibits the sale of dogs or cats for experimental purposes

SB 88: Requires any person or entity that breeds dogs or cats for sale or transfer to an animal testing facility to keep records of each animal for five years from the date of acquisition, transfer or transfer. available and submit a summary of records to the State Veterinarian quarterly.

SB 90: Obliges a breeder of dogs and cats for sale or transfer to an animal experimentation center which no longer needs a dog or cat in his possession to offer the animal for adoption before euthanize him.

SB 8: Permits hunting on Sunday on public or private land, provided it takes place more than 200 meters from a place of worship.

HB 1273: Requires any dog ​​engaged in a legal hunt to wear a sturdy collar with an attached tag that identifies the name of the dog’s owner or custodian and a current phone number.


HB 270: Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to calculate and report (i) average unemployment insurance benefit levels, (ii) average unemployment insurance benefit income replacement, and (iii) unemployment benefit recipient rate. Unemployment Insurance in the Commonwealth as part of the Commission’s Annual Report. balance sheet

HB 1060: Expands the definition of “seriously missing adult” to include any missing adult, including an adult who has a developmental disability, developmental disability or mental illness, 18 years of age or older for the purposes of receiving reports of critically missing adult by a police or sheriff’s department and the Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Program administered by the Department of State Police and removes from the program the eligibility requirement that the adult is suspected of having been abducted.

HB 1191 (Marcus Alert System): Extends the date by which localities must establish voluntary databases to be made available to the 9-1-1 Alert System and the Marcus Alert System to provide relevant information about mental health and emergency contact information for an appropriate response to an emergency or crisis from July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2023.
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SB-96: Prohibits gaming companies, as defined in the bill, from using the phrase “Virginia is for bettors” in advertising in association with their products or services. A violation is subject to a civil penalty of up to $50,000.

HB 740: This new law makes it a class 6 felony for a person to intentionally break, injure, alter or remove one or more parts of a vehicle, aircraft, boat or vessel to remove a catalytic converter or its parts.
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SC 3: The bill requires Registrars General to report to the Department of Elections the number and results of mail-in ballots cast by voters assigned to each constituency in the Registrar’s locality. The ministry is charged by the bill with establishing standards for verifying and reporting this information.

HB 481: Require each hospital to post information on standard charges for hospital-provided items and services on the hospital’s website by July 1, 2023.

HB 234: Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to review the current oversight and regulation of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other congregate living settings to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of regulation and oversight, to provide greater transparency to members of the public navigating the process of receiving services from these facilities, and to better protect the health and safety of the public and report their findings and recommendations to the governor and to the chairmen of the Senate Education and Health and Finance and Appropriations Committees and the House Appropriations and Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committees by October 1, 2022.

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